Our vacation travelers love to talk about BHAL and we enjoy hearing the wonderful stories and memories our travelers created on their vacations. These are all real reviews from our amazing customers; we hope you enjoy them as much as we do. Here's a few things they've been saying about their vacation experience:
"Our family recently spent six nights over the Christmas Holiday at the cabin known as Rustic Retreat. We arrived after dark on the first night and the cabin was beautifully lit with Christmas lights and decor and very welcoming. In past experiences we have arrived at cabins without Christmas decor so this year we brought our own, tree and such, to our surprise we didn’t need any of it because the house was very well decorated. This cabin is very well situated as far as accessing the snowmobile trails and being within close proximity to the trails and skiing. We were able to ride right to the house. I was very impressed with the roomy feel that this cabin offered also! There is plenty of room for a large group to enjoy or just a smaller family, we really enjoyed the wood fire after a full day of riding! The cabin is very well kept and was nicely equipped if you happen to forget a few small items! I would definitely recommend this property and I hope to keep coming back and enjoying its beautiful views and welcoming atmosphere!"
Jason K. - Rustic Retreat - December 2019
"WE really enjoyed our stay. This cabin is our favorite one we rented by far. The large kitchen and living room was large enough to allow us to all enjoy watching the rodeo. We will definitely rent this cabin again. Thank you for letting us enjoy your cabin."
Monte S. - Diamond in the Rough - December 2019
"The home was beautiful and sparkling clean! The location was beautiful and private. We had such a wonderful time celebrating with family! The property manager was available and helpful when we had questions."
Tracy L. - Sweet Retreat on Baneberry - November 2019
"I believe we were the first guests to ever stay in this house. We were actually a little nervous since there were no reviews online when we booked it. The house was beautiful. The owner seemed like a nice reasonable person. The view was beautiful. Everything in the house worked perfectly. Very tastefully decorated. Just a great overall experience. Highly recommended."
Tom H. - Bucket List Retreat - October 2019
"Group of friends with busy schedules wanted to leave their cell phones and daily demands behind for a day or two, and blow the dust off our bikes and golf clubs. As we talked about how to accomplish it, within an hour we had found the perfect location, accommodation in our target price range. A couple of clicks, and the vacation destination was set. We spent the next couple weeks planning the meals and anticipating the stress-free getaway. It couldn't have been any easier or seamless. Great experience."
"This cabin was exactly what we needed for a trip to ride the trails. It was very clean and well-maintained, and the amenities made our stay very comfortable. It was close to trails and and also had Lyft/taxi service to Deadwood for a night out on the town. Would definitely recommend this cabin for anyone looking to be close to the attractions but far enough away for great views from the deck and a clear view of the night sky"
Jodi K - Moonlight Ridge - August 2019
"If you are looking for a place just to relax, this is it. Sit on the front porch in the morning with my coffee and the deer walk right by you. It was the best stay I have ever had out there."
Jason B. - Aspen Summit - July 2019
"This home was extraordinarily clean. The location was awesome, the deck brought hours of relaxation with gorgeous views! One night we were treated with a lightning storm that will be remembered forever, all from the safety of the deck. The bedrooms were spacious, the shower water was hot, and the kitchen was perfect for meal making, just an overall awesome experience!!! I highly recommend this property for your Black Hills adventure"
Colin J. - Deadwood Meadows - June 2019
"Our vacation rental was amazing! Everything was perfect! The beds were very comfortable! It was nice to have so many bathrooms! The view is absolutely beautiful! When we go back, this will definitely be the house we stay at!"
Casey L. - Powder Keg - May 2019
"We enjoyed our stay very much. Very quiet location, but just a short drive to Lead/Deadwood. The cabin was just right for the two of us. We enjoyed the hot tub and sitting on the porch swing enjoying the views."
Kris C. - Pines Peak Cabin - April 2019
"We had an awesome time at SugarFoot Retreat. Things we liked, very open floor plan with lots of natural sunlight,large dining room table, sunroom where the grandkids could play with their toys, two bedroom and two bath on main floor, three spacious bedrooms and two bathrooms downstairs,plenty of towels and linens, parking in the garage, easy access to hot tub, most important thing that it was very clean."
Donna M. - Sugarfoot Retreat - March 2019
"We had an excellent time at this cabin! The house was a picture perfect vacation rental. With the most Picture Perfect views! And the house is very clean and everything was as described! I would highly recommend this to anyone!"
Kari V. - High Country Lodge - February 2019
"We LOVED Lazy Bear. It was the perfect home for the three couples we brought. Each couple had a room and since there were two bathrooms, there was plenty of space for everyone. It was nice to have the common space to use the hot tubs and play pool. It was the perfect weekend! The property was in superb condition and was very well kept."
Caitlyn E. - Lazy Bear Lodge - January 2019
"Family of eleven. Plenty of room to spread out. The adults loved the kitchen, king-size beds, 3 1/2 baths. The teenagers loved the hot tub and pool table. The toddler loved going up and down the staircase. The weather was perfect. A winter wonderland. We were happy as could be with the fire going, our own personal snow globe.
Virginia B. - Grand Lookout Lodge - Dec. 2018
"This is a beautiful property that was very clean, modern, and easily accessible! We loved relaxing in the large hot tub, and it was a pleasure to cook in such a beautiful kitchen! All bedrooms had a bathroom and ample closet space. The fireplace in the living room was another great place to relax (on the most comfortable furniture ever!). Hope to return next year!
Brandon H. - Powder Keg - Nov. 2018
"This mountain home was spotless. The kitchen was very well equipped and the dinnerware was top notch. Having the use of the garage was an added bonus, as we did experience some snow during our October visit. The bed was very comfortable, and all of the linens were in like new condition. The location is convenient for anything you would want to do in the Black Hills. We enjoyed the fireplace, the hot tub and the overall feel of the property. This vacation rental is beautiful both inside and out."
Rex O. - Moonlight Ridge - Oct. 2018
"This house had everything we were looking for: a quiet retreat in the woods but close enough to town to buy anything you need and close enough to the attractions we came here to see.The house is located 8 miles from Lead (pronounced Leeeeeeed), which has a great grocery store, and 528 steps from a great country restaurant (try the Indian tacos). You can walk the road by the house and see some spectacular scenery as well as some pretty neat real estate tucked away in the trees. The 19 miles of Spearfish Canyon will also provide you with some great scenery as well as some interesting hikes. A family of five deer entertained us on several occasions outside the house on the lawn. Mt. Rushmore and Custer State Park are easy 1 hour drives from the house. Don't miss the Needles and Iron Mountain highways that lead into Custer State Park. We are long time VRBO customers and this may be the cleanest house we have stayed in - even the top of the refrigerator was dust free, which is a rarity. We enjoyed the house and the area so much we are considering a return trip next year."
Brian P. - Barn - Sept. 2018
"This cabin was extremely easy to find. The property was very clean & well-maintained (as was the entire neighborhood). Budi was amazing to work with. We left an item behind and she was so good about having it found & even mailed it to us! We will definitely rent from Black Hills Adventure Lodging again!"
Brad O. - Copperhead Cabin - Sept. 2018
"My wife and I stayed here for our anniversary, and we're super impressed. Extremely clean, organized, as well as well furnished. We sat in the hot tub and talked about friends and family to revisited this spot we loved it so much. It is conviently on the highway, yet tucked away so you don't feel exposed to all the people driving by. We will most definitely be going back to this rental without a doubt in my mind. I recommend this place to anyone! The only thing that would be a down fall is that it is some distance from a lot of the attractions, but a little drive through the hills isn't bad to look at!"
Alex R. - Gilded Mountain Outpost - August 2018
"We have rented this cabin 3 times. It is very roomy and accommodates our family nicely. The play ground equipment is great for the kids and they love the zip line. Yard is well kept, great for game playing. Very quiet location, really fun to watch all the wild life. Will rent again!"
Jane P. - The Monte Carlo - July 2018
"We were so pleasantly surprised the moment we opened he door!! This cabin is very nicely decorated and perfectly equipped for a long stay. We were on a 2 week trip and spent 3 nights here. Great location to spend time in Deadwood which I highly recommend, and Mount Rushmore. We couldn’t have asked for a more a more comfortable, clean , lovely cabin in the hills. If we are back in that area we will defined stay here!"
Lisa M. - Barn - July 2018
"We had a fabulous time vacationing and seeing the sites in SD. Being able to come "home" at the end of a long day to this beautiful cabin made the trip even better. Pictures for this cabin simply don't do it justice. And our boys loved playing pool! We would definitely stay here again!"
Lynn B. - Grand Lookout Lodge - June 2018
"We have a great time during our stay at Stemwinder, the accomadations were just what we were looking for. The beds were comfortable with extra pillows and blankets available, the home was fully stocked with plenty of towels and dishes, to our surprise there were even a few basic staples like salt, pepper and other seasonings in the kitchen cabinets. There is a dishwasher which is great and much appreciated. We enjoyed the use of the hot tub, it was hot and clean, a great way to relax at the end of a busy day of sight seeing. We found the people in this area to be so friendly, no matter what restaurant or store we went in we were welcomed with smiles and kind words and would highly recommend both Black Hills Adventure Lodging and the Deadwood/Lead area for anyone looking for a great family vacation!! : )"
Missy F. - Stemwinder - May 2018
"We rented this cabin for our spring break. Our group consisted of two families, four adults and five kids. The cabin was clean, spacious, and had all the amenities to both entertain and relax. Hot tub, game room and were the highlights of the evenings. Secluded, beautiful view of the mountainside made for a perfect morning with a cup of coffee. Although nightly snow made it difficult to get out of the cabin some days, a set of tire chains were easily purchased from the local auto supply and property management was easy to get in touch with. We did skiing at Terry Peak, Mt Rushmore, Custer State Park and hiking in Spearfish canyon during our stay- close to all of that."
Paula W. - High Country Lodge - April 2018
"This beautiful cabin will not disappoint! It is meticulous and set up for all to enjoy their stay. The beds were very comfortable and beauty outside of every window! We will be back!!!!"
Karen R. - Hideaway Haven - March 2018
"Great Cabin. Lots of room. Lots of Amenities. Great response from staff with questions or wants. Will be there next year. Enjoyed our time there."
Kaci B. - Lynx Lodge - Feb. 2018
"So close to Terry Peak, maybe 3 miles. Deadwood was just down the road. Everything you needed for a relaxing weekend. Hot tub was great too! Will definitely be coming back. Budi was great to work with!"
Jeff I. - Gilded Mountain Outpost - Jan. 2018
"The property location was absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! The lodge was clean, the manager was always responsive, and the space was cozy! So close to Terry Peak. The temperature was 60 degrees in Rapid City, but a beautiful winter wonderland with snow and perfect conditions up in the hills. The only recommendation is driving an all wheel drive vehicle in snowy conditions as we had to tow a few of our cars out due to snow/ice. The price was so reasonable for two nights in this beautiful lodge! Thanks Budi!"
Jessica H. - West Wind Lodge - Dec. 2017
"The vacation rental was exactly as described - beautiful. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us. Our family (from CO, NY, NE & SD) had an amazing time with wonderful memories made. Budi, the property manager was great to work with too - thanks! We also loved that the cabin's location was very peaceful - not right next to anyone else, saw deer and turkey. Thanks again..."
Kathy S.- Dakota Ridge - Nov. 2017
"We spent a great weekend in the Hills. The cabin was very comfortable, clean, and a beautiful location. Loved the trout pond! Wish we could have located the remote for the fireplace. It was a rainy weekend so that would have been nice. We would definitely stay here again!"
Toni R. - Hanna Creek Lodge - Oct. 2017
"Our daughter was getting married at Recreational Springs so I went online to book a cabin for the rest of our immediate family. This one was just up the road from the wedding venue and the pictures looked great and rates were reasonable for a family. The pictures did not do it justice! It was so spacious and clean. The place was spotless! We had our 18 month old granddaughter so cleanliness was important.I am not a real tech person, but had no issues booking. I contacted the manager Budi a few times with questions and she either answered her phone immediately or called me back shortly after. We could not have asked for a more perfect place to spend one of the most memorable weekends of our lives!"
Kelli C. - Grand Lookout Lodge - Sept. 2017
"Every year around this time, our family takes a special vacation to include myself, husband, and our children, plus one granddaughter. This is our 2nd year using VBRO to find our "home" for a few days without worries of a place to stay. This cabin(home) was all we hoped for and more. The location was easy to find, located right between Deadwood and Lead, although the road was interesting but what road isn't out in that beautiful area. Even though neighbors were close by you couldn't tell as it felt very private. The scenery was beautiful and relaxing. The home was gorgeous and comfortable. Something to do whether outside or indoors. Would defiantly stay here again and recommend it to others. Thank you to the owner of the home and the management for letting our family enjoy your location!!"
Stacy H. - The Monte Carlo - August 2017
"This is one of the most difficult reviews I have written. I am not sure where to start with all of the outstanding attributes of this cabin. We arrived close to midnight, so the surrounding area was covered in darkness. When we walked into the cabin, we were more than pleasantly surprised. The cabin was way beyond our expectations! My family had no idea where we were staying so they were very excited to see our living arrangements for the 3 nights we stayed. Everything inside was excellent, clean, neat and well built. I would recommend this cabin to anyone that is planning on having 5 or 6 guests which will all be very comfortable. We ate all of our meals on the upstairs deck overlooking the beautiful trees and view of the surrounding forest. Budi was extremely helpful with every stage of our stay from reservations to assisting us during our stay. I would absolutely recommend staying here to all people that are visiting the Black Hills!!!
Casey C. - Woodland Lodge - July 2017
"We originally started our reunion in North Dakota over the 4th of July weekend, to meet relatives of my husband. Our family of six, my brother-in-law and his wife, and my in-laws, then traveled to the Claim Jumper Cabin. This was the first time either of them have stayed and rented a property. Needless to say, they were very impressed and we all had a wonderful time. We had plenty of room for everyone, the kids loved being able to walk to the pool/clubhouse, and the location is AMAZING. We were able to see Devil's Tower, Crazy Horse, Mount Rushmore, PLUS add in sightseeing in Sturgis and Deadwood, and a little hunting/fishing for the boys -- AND we were only there for 4 days/3 nights!!! Mrs. Kusser was wonderful and professional to work with, even when having problems with our phone service and technical issues with the small amount of paperwork that needed to be filled out. The cabin has MORE than enough blankets/pillows, dishes, cooking supplies and utensils, etc!! The pictures of the cabin online do not do this property justice!! One of the best vacations we've taken and we will definetly be coming back!!!"
Kenna K. - Claim Jumper - July 2017
"This was a long weekend away for my extended family. The home was in incredible shape and the amenities were perfect! It was even better than we expected based on the photos online! We will definitely be back!"
Lacey R. - Grand Lookout Lodge - June 2017
"This beautiful cabin was comfortable and well equipped for our Spring Break vacation. The VRBO description was accurate yet it exceeded our expectations as soon as we arrived. We stayed the last week in March with our two children and they couldn't get enough of the great full size bunk beds with plenty of space to spread out. We played many of the games that were supplied and they even had a little bucket of toys for younger children. Everything in the cabin was new, beautifully decorated and very comfortable. My husband and I even investigated what brand the mattresses were because they were so comfortable! The floor plan is open and you have big picture windows and two decks facing a large, nicely wooded area, perfect for a little hiking or to just enjoy looking at. We felt like two families of four would be very comfortable in the space. The hot tub was new and the kids really enjoyed. We used the grill located on the upper deck right out the kitchen sliding glass door a few times. Everything was in working order and nicely maintained. The washer and dryer were new and we were able to do a few loads of laundry allowing us to pack less clothes. We visited the club house to swim and play air hockey. It's a great place to sit with the kids while they play. It's comfortable, beautiful and facilitated the needs of our family (fun for the kids, relaxing for us). The owner/manager was very responsive and friendly when booking and throughout the stay if we had any questions. We will DEFINITELY be staying again!"
Brandon E. - Lazy Bear Lodge - April 2017
"We stayed here for our annual snowmobile trip, and like all the places we've stayed at from BHAL, it was great. With the ease of BHAL website we were able to see what the house looks like, and have never been disappointed. Was great having a garage for our boots and gear to hang out each night after riding. The hot tub helps you relax and having a full kitchen at our disposal is great. As always Budi, the property manager was awesome. I would highly recommend BHAL, and Budi to everyone, give her a shout anytime, no all the time for your rental needs in the Black Hills."
Robert Y. - Lynx Lodge - March 2017
"The Grand Lookout Lodge met every need my family and I could have asked for. The location was ideal since we Tubed at Deer Mountain and skied Terry Peak, the cabin was close to both areas. We enjoyed everything the cabin had to offer. We will definitely stay there again."
Lyndel P. - Grand Lookout Lodge - Feb. 2017
"If your looking for a cabin to fit all of your needs & expectations of the perfect "cabin in the woods", look no further! This cabin exceeded our expectations and made for an awesome weekend. We came out not knowing that Mardi Gras was the same weekend but we enjoyed the cabin so much we spent little time downtown Deadwood. We would definitely stay again! Budi was a great host & helped us with any questions orsupplies we needed!"
Samantha D. - O'l Wistlevess Lodge - Feb. 2017
"I have rented several cabins in the Hills over the years. I found the Lazy Bear Lodge to be excellent. Everything I look for in a rental with a great location. Highly recommend."
Jeff M. - Lazy Bear Lodge - Feb. 2017
"The whole process was excellent. We were very pleased with our first use of a rental. It was very easy and all requirements were spelled out a head of time. The property was great! I would highly recommend this property and management company."
Jamie C. - Dakota Ridge - Jan. 2017
"Our family celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary. We put puzzles together, and played games. The grandchildren spent a day sking and the adults spent some time at Deadwood. The cabin was clean, the kitchen everything we needed. Wonderful location with great views. Planning to return next summer."
Margaret S. - Deep Snow Lodge - Jan. 2017
"We spent two nights at the stemwinder cabin. Highly recommended. Great place to take family and friends!"
Joel B. - Stemwinder - December 2016
"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Claimjumper cabin which accommodated 4 children and 4 adults ranging from 5 months old to 70 years old. The club house is a great addition; the location is perfect to enjoy the Black Hills."
Erin N. - Claim Jumper - November 2016
"We had an excellent Thanksgiving. What a wonderfully comfortable cabin in the hills! Budi was great answering all questions and making sure our stay was perfect.Thank you - JD"
James W. - Dakota Ridge - November 2016
"PERFECT LOCATION JUST SOUTH OF LEAD, HOUSE LOOKED AS IF IT WAS BUILT YESTERDAY. IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON A SNOWMOBILE TRIP OR WITH THE ATVS REC SPRINGS IS JUST RIGHT DOWN THE ROAD. WE STAYED WITH 6 ADULTS AND 8 SMALL KIDS AND THERE WAS MORE THAN ENOUGH ROOM. YOU WONT BE DISAPPOINTED, WE WILL BE STAYING HERE AGAIN IN THE FUTURE."
Kent O. - Dakota Ridge - Oct. 2016
"Great cabin in the perfect location. Everything was clean and neat and as advertised. Great communication with the property manager. Would definitely recommend!!"
Brett S. - Hanna Creek Lodge - Oct. 2016
"Great place to get away from the city and work. Extremely clean home with all the amenities needed. Our get away included trail rides in the beautiful Black Hills and peaceful rest at Crooked Pine. Whether sitting on the back deck enjoying the nature or cuddle on the couch watching your favorite movie, this place has relax all over it. Believe it or not, if you want to use your cell phone in the Hills you have good service to call home. Overall a FANTASTIC property!"
Richard H. - Crooked Pine - Sept. 2016
"Stunning location. Great views from all windows. Beautiful floor plan, great deck for multi-family vacation. Kitchen well stocked. Cabin was very clean. Ample Towels! Beds & Bedding were awesome! Only think missing was dressers & Table Lamps. Budi & her crew at Black Hills Adventure Lodging provide excellent customer service."
Jennifer R. - The Lookout - August 2016
We LOVED the Den. Owners had us set for the week upon our arrival. Great location, not too far from the major attractions. Everyone in our party of 11 had a fantastic time. Room to get away from the group or we could all enjoy each others company when we wanted to be together. Love, love, loved it and would stay there again. Budi is the best rental agent ever and we are lucky to have her to take care of our needs. Beautiful home inside and out. I miss it already and wish I were back there."
Pam B. - The Den - August 2016 (Sturgis Rally)
"The rental was awesome! Pictures of this place are exactly what you get. I have rented several properties from BHAL over the past several years and have always been satisfied. Budie and her staff are exceptional, and attend to any of your property needs while you are staying with them. I would highly recommend any of their wide variety of properties in the Black Hills. I plan on coming back every two years for the Sturgis Rally, and BHAL is the only place I will ever go. "
Dave W. - Deep Snow Lodge - August 2016 (Sturgis Rally)
"The High Country Cabin was beyond what I was anticipating. The cabin was beautiful and the view was breath taking."
Vicki H. - High Country Lodge - August 2016
"The property is new. It is absolutely beautiful. The location is wonderful. I could not have been happier. Budi is a joy to work with. I would strongly recommend."
Tom D. - Powder Keg - July 2016
"My husband and I decided to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary in South Dakota, specifically the area of Mt. Rushmore with our family. 14 of us enjoyed our stay which was our gift to them. Even when one of our families gave up camping to join us at Moose Manor, there was enough room for them. (Only next time I will make sure that I know where all the bed sheets are located.) The setting of Moose Manor is secluded from most directions and we loved the privacy we found there The area is surrounded on 3 sides with ponderosa pines with their lovely fragrance filling the air. Our grandchildren loved the hot tub and the moose motifs found all over this spacious "home-away-from-home." We all enjoyed the amenities Moose Manor has to offer . . . spacious rooms, wrap-around deck with ample seating, a convenient mudroom, and its quiet location. Budi Kusser, our BHAL manager, was most helpful in answering questions and giving us information about MM. She also was very timely in returning my unanswered calls. Because of this convenient centralized location, we were able to see many of the special attractions this area offers. Needless to say, we have already been happy to recommend this area and this vacation home to others!"
Donna C. - Moose Manor - July 2016
"We had a wonderful relaxing stay at Powder Ridge. It was wonderful for our family!! Can't wait for next year!! Budi was great to work with also."
Anita H. - Powder Ridge - July 2016
"We thoroughly enjoyed the property. The kids loved the zip line. The adults enjoyed the pool table. We all anjoyed the fire pit and seeing the deer. The whole family was impressed and asked how I found the place."
Deby R. - Thee Monte Carlo - June 2016
"We had a fantastic time in the Black Hills and staying at the Den was perfect! The cabin was comfortable, clean and was perfect for the family. Thanks again for the stay, it was great and we're so glad we found this cabin on your website!"
Carissa P. - The Den - June 2016
"Our stay at the Lynx Lodge was wonderful, we had a great time!"
Laura H. - Lynx Lodge - June 2016
"We had a great time; it was a very quiet and comfy place. Thanks again for a great visit."
Patty K. - Powder Ridge - June 2016
"We have it in our every 5 year plan to make a trip there and will definitely be staying in one of your cabins again. We stayed in Aspen lodge. It accommodated our family of 20 perfectly. We have since added 3 babies to my extended family, so will see how many we're at in 5 years, but we all agreed aspen lodge was perfect for us!"
Megan L. - Aspen Lodge - 2015
"This was a great home! There was a club house just down the road a block with a pool as well. It was a beautiful area.
Heather K. - Saloon Cabin - March 2015
"We had a wonderful time. you can bet if we come back you have our business."
John P. - August 2015
"We had a great weekend! Beautiful snow, wonderful cabin! Word of advice: keep coming back; we do!!
Janice - Claim Jumper- March 2013
"Awesome home - Thank you! We had a great time...160 miles of riding, close to the trails and plenty of snow. We want to come back again!"
Jeff and Sandy - Timber Bark Lodge - October 2012
"Beautiful cabin to be snowed in at! We enjoyed our family Christmas here. We will definitely be back!"
Charlie G. and Family - Christmas 2010